Ascent of Granite Mountain on 2014-03-19

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Granite Mountain
    Elevation:4331 ft / 1320 m

Ascent Trip Report

To start with, the road, Palen Pass Road, at least from the west, is a fairly challenging and/or frustrating road to drive, it starts out with excessive loose sand which then gives was to rough rocks (I'm surprised I didn't lose any tires) with an increasing number of washes that get more and more challenging. Evidently they don't repair the road- in one case where the road had washed out completely, they put in signs redirecting one to cross the wash further south (that route is challenging to follow by headlights). If I had it to do over again, I'd start hiking where Palen Pass Road first heads south. It would add about a mile each way, but given the condition of the road, I don't think it would add any time to the trip (including hiking and driving time).

If one does start where I did, the first one and a quarter miles was on a road that was in much better shape than the Palen Pass Road. I really hate it when they draw wilderness boundaries to cut-off perfectly good roads. The wash starts off nicely enough with plenty of sand, but gets rockier and steeper the further one progresses. Also, be careful to stay in your desired wash- they split off frequently as you are ascending. If there was an "easier" way up this mountain, I didn't find it- any way you go, you're looking at gaining about 2,000' in the last mile. That said, it didn't look like there were any routes that didn't go- no continuous cliffs anywhere. The ridge I took up had a fair bit of class 3 scrambling. While there was a bit of class 3 on the wash I descended, it was much less.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3101 ft / 946 m
    Elevation Loss:3101 ft / 946 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3101 ft / 946 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:South ridge
    Trailhead:Palen Pass Rd @ 375m  1230 ft / 374 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3101 ft / 946 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Southwest wash
    Trailhead:Palen Pass Rd @ 375m  1230 ft / 374 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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